The Green Party has today stated its support for a campaign to reform the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) service, as the farce of people queuing all night for simple administrative documents worsens. The Party’s representative for Pembroke-South Dock, Cllr Claire Byrne, has said that the current situation is quickly becoming a source of national embarrassment.
Speaking today, Cllr Byrne said: “The nightly queues stretched around Burgh Quay are a national embarrassment, and I’m calling on the Garda National Immigration Bureau to find a solution to this problem. It is unacceptable that people are forced to queue up outside in the cold for twelve hours or more due to a lack of effort on the part of authorities to reform the system.
“There are pregnant women, mothers and fathers with their babies, children and old people waiting on the streets for hours in the cold. It is degrading and humiliating, and the level of inaction on this issue is unforgivable.
“The proposal to create an online appointment system is common sense one and there is no reason it couldn’t be implemented quickly and securely. The weather is rapidly deteriorating and we can’t wait until someone has an accident before something is done.”